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Wildcats crush Western Warriors 17-0

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Fall to Simon Kenton Pioneers 11-0

By Greg Woods

The Henry County Wildcats managed to get two games in last week despite the foul weather to start the week. On Thursday the Wildcats scored 10 runs in the first inning to put the game away against the Western High School Warriors en route to a 17-0 win. Friday night they played away at Simon Kenton where the tables were turned on the Wildcats as the Pioneers won 11-0 in five innings.

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HCHS 17 Western 0

The Wildcats pounded out five hits in the first inning to go with four walks and a Western error to take control of the game early and then cruised to a five inning win. Mason Fish had a double and triple in the first to knock in four runs. Landon New and Brad West had two RBIs a piece in the inning and Bodie Clark had an RBI.

The Wildcats went on to score three in the second, two in the third and two in the fourth.

West led the offense with three hits while Ethan Tuggle, Fish and Clark had two hits each. Tuggle reached base four times and scored three runs. Clark also scored three runs.

The Wildcats were able to get at-bats for several players in the later innings and even the younger Wildcats got in on the act as backup catcher Ryan Montgomery got a hit and drove in a run.

Freshman Blake Prather got his first varsity start and gave one hit while striking out nine and walking three.

Coach Stuart Dill was pleased with his team’s focus.

“We came out and took care of business,” Dill said. “It was nice to get back out on the field after several days of rain. We hit the ball pretty well with several guys getting multiple hits.”

Dill was especially pleased to get some younger players varsity playing time.

“It was nice to be able to get Blake’s feet wet with his first varsity start on the mound,” Dill said. “I thought he threw pretty well. He lost focus one inning and walked a couple of guys but responded well after a mound conference. We were also able to give a lot of guys some experience which will pay off in the future.”

Simon Kenton 11 HCHS 0

The Wildcats traveled to Independence on Friday night and came away on the deceptively one-sided end against the Pioneers.

The Pioneers scored two runs in the first, three in the second and one in the third to go up 6-0.

Meanwhile the Wildcats got runners on in every inning but the first but could not catch a break. The Cats had two hits and a walk in the second but a double play put an end to their first rally of the game. They got two singles in the third but could not push across a run and they threatened again in the fourth when Tyler Robbins led off with a single and was sacrificed to second on a bunt by Dylan Adams. A single by Clark and a walk to Dakota Estes loaded the bases with one out but a pop up to second and a groundout to the pitcher ended the threat.

Simon Kenton broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth with five runs to make it 11-0.

Tuggle got a one out single in the fifth but that was not enough as Simon Kenton shut the door on any potential comeback and the game ended on the10-run rule.

“We did not play as bad as the score looks,” Dill said. “They hit the ball really well. Even when they hit it straight at us it was hit hard. Brad did not have his best stuff but walked only three. We had a bad inning in the bottom of the fourth. We got a tough call that we did not bounce back from and that gave them several runs.

“Offensively, we couldn’t get the big hit,” he continued. “We had base runners just about every inning but we just could not come through with runners in scoring position. Ethan Tuggle continued to swing a hot bat with two more hits in this game.”

Henry County fell to 8-14 on the season with the loss and Simon Kenton improved to 15-9.